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February 8, 2006
A Nobel Nomination For Bolton?

CNS News reports that John Bolton and Kenneth Timmerman have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (h/t: CQ reader Maggie):

John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is one of two Americans who have been nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. ...

Bolton and Kenneth R. Timmerman were formally nominated by Sweden's former deputy prime minister Per Ahlmark, for playing a major role in exposing Iran's secret plans to develop nuclear weapons.

They documented Iran's secret nuclear buildup and revealed Iran's "repeated lying" and false reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a press release said.

Bolton formerly served as U.S. undersecretary for arms control and international security, and he authored the Proliferation Security Initiative, an international effort to block WMD shipments. The effort eventually unmasked the secret nuclear network directed by Pakistan nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan.

Timmerman, an independent researcher, has written extensively on Iran's nuclear activities for more than 20 years. His report for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1992 first detailed Iran's ties to A.Q. Khan. His most recent book, "Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran," was published last year.

I guess that means that the Left will soon line up to insist that Bolton receive confirmation for UN ambassador, right? After all, a Nobel nomination convinced them that Stanley "Tookie" Williams was really a great guy who deserved not just commutation of his death sentence but also high praise for his humanity, or at least that was the argument they made. I'll just hold my breath until they start the picketing outside the DNC headquarters in support of Bolton.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 8, 2006 7:23 AM

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